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Build a Berkey style water purifier, using two plastic pails, and one or more berkey filters. Pure drinking water on a budget. bucketfilter.pdf
Free DIY Solar Install Tutorial
DIY Solar Install.pdf
Solar Presentation.ppt
DIY Build Your Own PV Panels (not free, but approved and tested by Green-Trust!)
Free ESSN Magazine Back Issues! All the back issues of Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter with instructions on wind turbines, methane digestion, biodiesel, composting and much more!
Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter
Free Wind Turbine Instructable
DIY 1000 watt wind turbine.pdf
Free 3 Part Wind Turbine Tutorial
DIY Build Your Own Wind Turbine Documentation (not free)
Wind Turbine Power Output Calculator
Free 7 Part Al Rutan Methane Bio-Digester Tutorial
Al's 3 hour video on Methane production and Use (not free)
DIY Ethanol Fuel Tutorials
Make your own fuel
Guidelines for converting gasoline engines
Making & Using Ethanol Fuel
Alcohol Stills
Biofuel Library
Mike Brown
Sawdust & Cellulose
Making it on the farm
Spotlight on Off Gridders, By Dave Neeley of Off Grid Living and Homesteading (new articles coming often)
Spotlight 1 - Steve Spence
Spotlight 2 - Kent Eastwood
Emergency Preparedness and Survival Basics Guide canucks_ebook.pdf
Foraging for Wild Foods (UK)The Fast Wild Food Cookbook
Foraging for Wild Foods (US)Flagstaff Wild Foraging Project
Free Micro Hydro Tutorials
The Generation of Renewable Electricity Project: Micro-Hydro
Renewable Energy Systems 402 (Start with Tutorial 4)
Hydro & Electrical Basics
Project report – Huai Kra Thing Micro-hydro project
Hydropower Team at DoradoVista, Inc.
Green-Trust's Hydro resource page
Build your own Human Powered Bicycle generator
200 Watt Bicycle Pedal Power / Solar Power Generator Station
Bicycle Powered Generator
WaterPod Bicycle Energy Generator
Bicycle Generator Videos
Convert your diesel to run on used fryer oil (WVO)
DIY Diesel to Veggie Oil Conversion
Veggie Collection
Veggie Conversion
Making a super efficient fridge (only 0.1 kWh a day), from a chest freezer!
Guide to Conserving Energy around the home and in the car. DIY conservation and efficiency.pdf
Food storage tips for disaster situations. Food Storage Tips.pdf
LDS Preparedness manual. We are not Mormon, but there is wisdom within these pages. Preparedness.pdf
Car and deep cycle battery answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), tips, manufacturer's information, references and hyperlinks are contained on this consumer oriented Web site about car, motorcycle, power sports, truck, boat, marine, recreational vehicle, solar, and other starting and deep cycle applications. Read our Battery Care Document, the Battery FAQ, and another good one at Energy Unlimited.
A guide to composting humanure. Humanure Handbook
Rain Water Harvesting Manual. RainwaterHarvestingManual.pdf
Build A Rain Barrel system. rainbarrel.pdf
Roof and Cistern Calculations for a rain water harvesting system. rainwater.pdf
Roof and Cistern Calculations for a rain water harvesting system (live calculator version). Rain Water & Cistern Calculators
Energy efficient cooking using a Rocket Stove. Rocket Stove
Design Principles for Wood Burning Stoves. Aprovecho Rocket Stove
Another Aprovecho stove, multi-pot, masonry rocket. Justa Stove Plans
Organic Gardening Tips. Basics on why and how. Organic Gardening Tips
DIY Emergency Power System. Battery, Inverter, Solar Charger, the basics of an off grid power system. How to make your own Emergency Power System.pdf
Medical Info: (suggested by LEWIS T. PACE, JR.)
Where there is no Doctor (updated 2009)
Where there is no Dentist (updated 2009)
Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook (updated 2001)
Emergency War Surgery (updated 2004)
The Merck Manual of Medical Information—Second Home Edition (Online Edition)
Steve's Favorites:

The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1808) by Daniel Defoe
The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

David J.C. MacKay. Sustainable Energy – without the hot air. UIT Cambridge, 2008. ISBN 978-0-9544529-3-3. Available free online from
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